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Twelve Angry Librarians By Miranda James: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE March 11 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Charlie Harris is acting as interim library director at the college, a job he thought he’d like. It takes him away from his research work which is a shame and involves way too much paperwork. He can still bring his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, to work with him which is a good thing. Saying no to the cat would be a deal breaker.

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A Little Green: A St. Patrick’s Day Mystery Short Story

FROM THE March 11 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Will Zeilinger


The last thing I needed was to wake up to a yapping dog. Not on the morning after St. Patrick’s Day. I hadn’t thrown a party like that since my college days and the hangover I had was a killer. I managed to get both eyes open and drag my sorry ass out of bed to find out what was getting Lardass worked up.

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Dissent and Murder in the Cloister: Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma

FROM THE March 11 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


St. Patrick’s Day approaches on March 17 and those of us of Irish descent can justifiably dance a little, drink Guinness, Jameson, or Bushmills, and dance some more. Happily too, this year I discovered the Sister Fidelma novels of Peter Tremayne (a.k.a. Peter Bradford Ellis) so will enjoy reading all the series and probably Tremayne’s Irish history works as well.

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Rogue Reviews 2017

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by KRL Staff



Throughout the week we will be posting reviews here of Rogue shows! Check back several times a day! And then go out and enjoy the Rogue Festival! To check out our Rogue preview article & some Rogue performer preview articles go to our Arts & Entertainment section. We will also be posting some performer video interviews on our YouTube Channel. So far we have reviews of Joy Compactor, Tidal Surge, Dances to Heal the Soul, Poetry and Prose From Fresno State, Too Old To Be This Young, Delirium, The Magic of Elder, Discrete Packets of Song, My Cat Thinks It’s A Pig, The Wallaby Way, Joan of Sn’arc, Moonlight After Midnight, A Fatal Step, Thanks For Coming, Healing Stories, Chelsea > Blake, and Stalking Grace.

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Feral Paws Rescue: Caleigh

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lupe Gore


Caleigh is a beautiful long-hair Calico who was rescued by Feral Paws Rescue from a kill-shelter in Los Angeles County in late 2011. She was brought to the main rescue in Fresno, and in early February 2012, Feral Paws Rescue received a call from a lady who was interested in their Rescue and wanted another cat to add to her existing family of a handful of mostly black cats. Feral Paws Rescue brought Caleigh over to the lady’s house, and it was love at first sight. At the time, it was estimated that Caleigh was three years old. No other history was known about her, but she quickly assimilated herself to living indoors with other cats and most of all to her new human as she wanted to be with her and followed her all over the house.

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Scene of the Grind By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Roxanne Bloom, Roxy to her friends, found herself at a crossroads leaving a law practice and ex-husband behind. Her Aunt Maxine, with whom she spent many a wonderful summer, told her about the plans to revitalize the Honey Springs boardwalk prompting Roxy to follow one of her dreams. She attends barista school and cooking classes, rents one of Aunt Maxi’s buildings on the boardwalk, and opens ‘The Bean Hive,’ the area’s first coffeehouse.

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Animal Rescue of Fresno: Duchess & a Happy Reunion

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Wendy Hunter


People will do just about anything for their pets. You know what I’m talking about: You dress your dogs, coddle your cats, baby your birds, and pamper your ponies. You feed them filet, serve them salmon, shell their seeds, and core their crab apples. They snooze on your sofa, nap on your lap, squat on your shoulder, and nuzzle your neck. They’re spoiled rotten, and you know it. But the world’s a scary place. Would you rescue Fido from a flood? For sure. Would you scale a spruce to save Simba? Certainly. Protect Polly the parrot from predators? Positively. Battle bad guys for Black Beauty? You bet.

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Rogue 2017: Somebody’s Children

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Mallory Lutz


In our era of “fake news,” it is refreshening to find an online article that actually serves only to enlighten and educate its audience. New Hope for Motel Kids by Bianna Golodryga, Yahoo News and Finance Anchor, was a wonderful expose on families living in motels in the shadow of The Happiest Place on Earth. The piece spoke not of welfare cases, but rather, of families with two parents working full-time and still not being able to afford better housing. It spoke of entire families packed into single bed units. It spoke of living conditions so dire that motel management forbid the children to play outside in the parking lot. Most of all, it spoke to my heart.

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Old #32: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Gary Hoffman


I got my job as a batboy with the Pine City Pinkies not because my old man was somebody important, but because I didn’t have one. Most batboys are hired because their old man knows someone or is an important person in the community. Mine left me and my mom when I was two years old. May 13, 1950, was the date he bailed out for “parts unknown to seek his fortune.” Mom still gets dumpy when that date rolls around every year.

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Death by Chocolate Lab Bethany Blake: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Bethany Blake


Daphne Templeton is the black sheep of the family. She’s a pet sitter/dog walker with a sister, Piper, who’s a veterinarian and a mother who is totally focused on being the best realtor ever. Piper lets Daphne live with her, rent free, and bails her out when the pet sitter VW van breaks down or runs out of gas. Two dollars worth of gas just doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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A Cast of Vultures By Judith Flanders: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


The morning after a book launch where alcohol was the only real requirement, London book editor Samantha Clair was still recovering as she began her Saturday morning errand-running and marketing. As the go-between for her reclusive neighbor and another gardener, Sam is unprepared to resist the plea from Viv to check on her own missing upstairs neighbor.

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SuperBlam: Fresno’s Superhero Web Series

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Sarah Peterson-Camacho SECTION

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


As he gears up for an appearance at the Tulare Sci-Fi Con 2017 the second weekend of March, Fresno filmmaker Matt Sconce (director of locally shot films Stricken, Firefall, and Altar) sat down with Kings River Life to discuss his latest project, a 10-episode sci-fi web series called SuperBlam.

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Designated Survivor: TV Review

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Doward Wilson


Tom Kirkman (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. On the night of the State of the Union address, he is named the Designated Survivor and is sequestered. When multiple explosions demolish the Capitol building, killing the President, Vice-President, all the other members of the Cabinet and every member of Congress, Tom is sworn in as the President. Moving swiftly to contain the damage and take control of the situation, Tom is surprised to find that the GOP also had a Designated Survivor in the person of Kimble Hookstraten (played by Virginia Madsen), a Republican Congresswoman.

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Strange Things We Saw While Traveling

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Maria Ruiz SECTION

by Maria Ruiz



We entered Turkey at the end of January and began our tour of the country. The first thing we needed to do was buy some groceries. Ahead was a mall that looked like any mall in the world. We found a place to park and entered to find the grocery store. The first thing I noticed was the store windows covered in red Valentine hearts. Another window had men’s jockey shorts covered in red hearts and red Xs, and risqué red panties with black ribbons and little gold hearts hanging from a bow.

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Facials Can Be Fatal By Nancy J. Cohen: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


If Cut ‘N Dye hair salon owner Marla Vail was hoping for a quiet holiday season, she’s in for a disappointment. Instead, it’s going to be a Hanukkah and Christmas season of murder, secrets, a hidden treasure, and family expectations. It begins with shrieks from the adjoining spa aesthetician Rosana Hernandez alerting Marla of the death of client Valerie Weston.

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Kitchen Collectibles: The Little Girl We All Know & Love

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Bulls SECTION

by Diana Bulls



Salt. It is one thing that all of us have in common ? we need it to survive. In pretty close to every kitchen in America, there is a salt shaker sitting on the table or next to the stove. And, I am willing to bet, that many of those shakers have been filled by a blue box with a little girl carrying an umbrella on the label.

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Simple Ways to Refresh Your Mind And Body

FROM THE March 4 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Jane Brown


Although you may enjoy the stimulation of keeping busy, enjoying the excitement of staying on top of diverse things from your career to orchestrating family, it’s also important to do nothing important at all, to just take time off for yourself, unwind, and reconnect with your family.

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Rogue 2017: The Wallaby Way

FROM THE March 2 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Gemma Wilcox


Gemma Wilcox returned literally just last week from her 91 year old maternal grandmother’s funeral in London, UK. This makes performing this show about her maternal lineage–where she plays her grandmother amongst many other characters and creatures–particularly pertinent, alive, and potent!

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